Hair Care

By Stef Schwalb

The winter of our hair’s discontent is finally drawing to a close. No more dry heat from indoors, no more static strands with split ends, no more flaky scalps and drab, cold color. It’s time to breathe new life into your locks, and Beauty News NYC is determined to help you get there with the introduction of our new special, seasonal column Transitioning Tresses. It’s a feature we hope will become a favorite of yours and a useful tool in making your hair ready to wear in winter, spring, summer or fall. That way you can be confident in your coiffure by learning to love the hair you have, or we can help you find a new style to savor for the season. This initial column is in two parts, featuring two hair industry icons, celeb stylists Garren and Ken Paves, dishing out the details on hair care tips, trends, and things to take note of for Spring. First up is Garren with the goods on cuts.

Photo credit: Stan Wan

“For spring, the trend is either long with blunt ends, or short and shaggy,” says Garren. “For long locks, hair should be cut to breast level and worn straight and sleek with a glassy shine, or in soft waves with a rough texture. For those who prefer a shorter style, Garren recommends a shaggy cut that’s longer in the front and shorter in the back. (Think Sienna Miller, or model Jacquetta.) For those who like their strands super short, he also favors the cropped look of Natalie Portman’s hair, post “V is for Vendetta.”

Since winter tends to dry out the strands and scalp, it’s important to devise a reinvigorating regimen for the hair that will give it a new life for the season to come. According to Garren, hair texture and quality are key to the latest hair trends, therefore he recommends monthly Deep Conditioning Hair & Scalp Treatments like the one offered at his salon. During this deluxe, 35-minute treatment, hair is gently shampooed, followed by a relaxing scalp massage, incorporating the GARREN New York Nourishing Cream Conditioner. Next, hair is gently steamed to open the cuticle, maximizing absorption of precious vitamins and botanical extract. The service is finished off with an expert blow dry from one of the salon’s many seasoned hair pros. For those unable to get to the salon, to help repair split ends and tame frizz, Garren suggests the at-home version of his deluxe hair treatment. Simply shampoo hair and towel blot dry. Then apply two to three tablespoons of his luxurious Nourishing Cream Conditioner and spread from root to tips. Comb through using a wide-tooth shower comb. Cover hair with a plastic baggie and secure firmly with a butterfly hair clip to keep heat inside. Leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and style as usual.

In terms of the hot products to take your hair to spring, here are some of the goodies Garren’s got a hold of. “Ionic hairdryers are a true innovation because during the drying process they send out natural ions that are negatively charged to collect moisture, which is positively charged in order to remove it from the hair. The result is quicker dry time with less heat, which protects the hair’s moisture level and gives it a softer feel as a result.” His pick? The Twin Turbo Ionic 3000. “I use it in conjunction with my GARREN New York Designing Spray Tonic to achieve the latest looks.” You can use it on straight hair to add volume, or on curly hair to maintain body and add shine. And speaking of some curly cues, to enhance the look of coiled locks for Spring, Garren suggests spraying Designing Spray Tonic on wet hair after you shampoo and letting hair dry naturally. To give straight hair a modern look, coat wet hair with Designing Spray Tonic, tie it back in a knot and let your hair dry naturally for maximum texture.

Celeb hair stylist Garren has worked with numerous big-name stars and models including Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Audrey Hepburn, Gwen Stefani, Gisele and Linda Evangelista. He has been credited with over a 1,000 magazines covers and is known for style, sensibility, and sophistication. This spring he is moving his namesake salon to a new 2,000-foot-square space at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel on Fifth Avenue at 59th Street. For more information on Garren, his products, or the new salon, log on to http://www.garrennewyork.com.

Originally published April 2006
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